Musings #2: Going back to the Scholars?


فاسألوا أهل الذكر إن كنتم لا تعلمون

Ask the People of Dhikr, if you dont know.

Anbiyaa [21] v. 7

5. Someone showed this brother a Fatwa on dogs:

Brother’s Response:

With all do respect to IslamQA, such questions should be asked to Ulema of the area you are living…such as America.


4 Responses to “Musings #2: Going back to the Scholars?”

  1. 1 Yus from the Nati September 30, 2009 at 1:33 am

    One extreme to the other?

  2. 2 Ikram Kurdi October 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    As salaamu alaikum,

    IslamQA’s view of Shari’ah is too narrow. Issues like this have many different rulings, it depends on what scholar you like to follow.

  3. 3 Atif October 22, 2009 at 4:18 am

    wa’alaykum assalam
    Although I do agree with you that IslamQA isn’t good for questions specific to your locality, how does the ruling that was quoted (about dogs) differ from one locality to another?

  4. 4 ibn alHyderabadee October 22, 2009 at 6:28 am

    asSalaam’alaykum Atif,

    If you ask me(about the fatwa on dogs), as far as I know they dont differ.

    I didn’t want to extrapolate too much on it, thats why I left it as is(mainly to refresh my own thoughts when I come back and look at this post). The point of quoting the brother was to show how certain ideas such as – referring islamic issues to those people of knowledge in your locality – requires a decent amount of background in fiqh and what you are dealing with, and if you ask me should be discussed with some caution.

    Unfortunately, most people dont have that background in fiqh. The issue or idea of referring to schoalrs in your locality is being misundertood by a lot of Muslims(that care to ask) to the extent that it might be a cause for cutting them off from the already present readily accesible answers on Islamic issues such as IslamQA etc.(take the brother mentioned here for example). And this misunderstanding is being held to with a lot of passion due to what they understood from what ‘so and so’ speaker said. We can assume that the people being addressed, when speaking or explaining this idea of referring to scholars from one’s locality, have the ability to determine what issues change rulings from time to time and place to place and what rulings dont, but I dont think they do, and thus the example that I present above.

    Also another point – to what degree do these limits apply as far as the changes in rulings are concerned? Someone can hear a khutbah or general talk on this issue and come and pretty much dismiss the entirety of fiqh or any issue in it saying that this ruling only applied to that time because we live in a modern and completely different world.

    I’m looking forward to the new book being translated by by Yusuf alQardawi to answer these questions – Factors that change religious edicts. But really this issue might be understood by those who would care to read the book, but for the general public that has gained this idea from a single talk they heard, we can only pray it doesn’t lead to anything counter-productive.

    It might be a very small concern but I’ve seen traces of it here and there in different communities and different people.

    Allah the All Might Knows Best!

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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
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Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
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3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib



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